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«CHRISTOPHER SCOTT EDWARDS, Ph.D. Northern Arizona University • Department of Physics and Astronomy PO BOX 6010 • Flagstaff, AZ 86011 • Phone: ...»

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Northern Arizona University • Department of Physics and Astronomy

PO BOX 6010 • Flagstaff, AZ 86011 • Phone: (928) 523-7234

Email: Christopher.Edwards@nau.edu • Website: christopherscottedwards.com

Curriculum Vitae


2012 Ph.D. in Geological Sciences, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona

State University, Tempe, AZ

2009 M.S. in Geological Sciences, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 2007 B.S. in Geological Sciences, Summa Cum Laude, Department of Geological Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ


2016- Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northern Arizona University 2015-2016 Research Physical Scientist, Astrogeology Science Center, United States Geological Survey 2012-2015 Planetary Science Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology 2002-2007 Research Assistant, Mars Space Flight Facility, Department of Geological Sciences, Arizona State University 2007-2012 Graduate Research Associate, Mars Space Flight Facility School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University


2016- THEMIS Science Team Co-Investigator, Thermal Emission Imaging System, NASA/2001 Mars Odyssey 2016- MSL Participating Scientist Mars Science Laboratory – Curiosity, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2014- RIS4E Science Team Collaborator, Remote In Situ and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration, NASA/Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) 2012- CRISM Science Team Collaborator, Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars, NASA/Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter 2003-2016 THEMIS Science Team Collaborator, Thermal Emission Imaging System, NASA/2001 Mars Odyssey 2003- Mini-TES Science Team Collaborator, Mini-Thermal Emission Spectrometer NASA/Mars Exploration Rovers – Spirit & Opportunity 2013-2016 MSL Science Team Member, Mars Science Laboratory – Curiosity, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2003-2006 TES Science Team Member, Thermal Emission Spectrometer, NASA/Mars Global Surveyor


-1Manuscripts In Submission

35) Ehlmann, B. L. and 35 authors including C. S. Edwards The Sustainability of Habitability on Terrestrial Planets: Insights, Questions, and Needed Measurements from Mars for Understanding the Evolution of Earth-like Worlds, Journal of Geophysical Research

34) Huang, J., Salvatore, M., Edwards., C.S., Christensen, P. R., Xiao, L., Xu, Y., A Complex Fluviolacustrine Environment on Early Mars: Insights into the timing of chloride precipitation and clay alteration, Geology

31) Nowicki, S. A., R. D. Inman, K. E. Nussear, T. C. Esque, C. S. Edwards, Spatially-Consistent High Resolution Land Surface Temperature Mosaics for Thermophysical Analysis and Ecological Mapping of the Mojave Desert, Remote Sensing of the Environment.

Manuscripts In Press

33) Fraeman, A. A., C. S. Edwards, B. L. Ehlmann, R. E. Arvidson, J. R. Johnson, A Detailed Investigation of Lower Mt. Sharp Using Coordinated Orbital Datasets, Journal of Geophysical Research

32) Edwards, C. S. and S. Piqueux, The Water Content of Recurring Slope Lineae on Mars, Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1002/2016GL070179 Press Coverage: NASA/JPL Press Release; NAU News; ASU News; Washington Post;

Space.com; Engadget; The Register; Pasadena Star News; NPR Air Talk (live interview) Published Manuscripts

30) Edwards, C. S., and Ehlmann, B. L., 2016, Carbon sequestration on Mars: REPLY: Geology, v.

44, no. 6, p. e389, doi:10.1130/G37984Y.1

29) Salvatore, M. R., Kraft, M. D., Edwards, C. S., and Christensen, P. R., 2016, The geologic history of Margaritifer basin, Mars: Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, v. 121, no. 3, p.

273-295, doi: 10.1002/2015JE004938.

28) Stack, K. M., Edwards, C. S., Grotzinger, J. P., Gupta, S., Sumner, D. Y., Calef Iii, F. J., Edgar, L. A., Edgett, K. S., Fraeman, A. A., Jacob, S. R., Le Deit, L., Lewis, K. W., Rice, M. S.,

Rubin, D., Williams, R. M. E., and Williford, K. H., Comparing orbiter and rover imagebased mapping of an ancient sedimentary environment, Aeolis Palus, Gale crater, Mars:

Icarus, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.02.024

27) Greenberger, R. N., J. F. Mustard, E. A. Cloutis, P. Mann, J. H. Wilson, R. L Flemming, K. M.

Robertson, M. R. Salvatore, C. S. Edwards, (2015) Hydrothermal alteration and diagenesis of terrestrial lacustrine pillow basalts: Coordination of hyperspectral imaging with laboratory measurements, Geochemica et Cosmochimica Acta, 171, 174-200, doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2015.08.024

26) Edwards, C. S., and B. L. Ehlmann (2015), Carbon sequestration on Mars, Geology, 43(10), 863doi: 10.1130/G36983.1 Press Coverage: NASA/JPL Press Release; USGS Technical Announcement; ASU News;

APL/CRISM Press Release

25) Ehlmann, B. L. and C. S. Edwards, (2014), The Composition of the Martian Surface from

Infrared Spectroscopy, Annual Reviews in Earth and Planetary Sciences, 42(1), 291-315, doi:


24) Edwards, C. S., J. L. Bandfield, P. R. Christensen, A. D. Rogers (2014), The Formation of Infilled Craters on Mars: Evidence for Widespread Impact Induced Decompression Melting of the Martian Mantle?, Icarus, 228(1), 149-166, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2013.10.005.

-2Press Coverage: Nature Research Highlight, doi: 10.1038/502597b; Red Planet Report, Pressure-release melting put rocky floors into early Mars craters

23) Pilorget, C. S. Edwards, B. L. Ehlmann, F. Forget, E. Millour, (2013) Material ejection by the cold jets and temperature evolution of the south seasonal polar cap of Mars from THEMIS/CRISM observations and implications for surface properties, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 118(12), 2520-2536, doi: 10.1002/2013JE004513.

22) Huang, J. C. S. Edwards, S. W. Ruff, P. R. Christensen, L. Xaio (2013), A New Method for the

Semi-Quantitative Determination of Major Rock Forming Minerals with Multispectral Data:

Application to THEMIS Infrared Data, J. Geoohys. Res.-Planets, 118, doi: 10.1002/jgre.20160

21) Edwards, C. S., and P. R. Christensen (2013), Microscopic emission and reflectance thermal infrared spectroscopy: instrumentation for quantitative in situ mineralogy of complex planetary surfaces, Applied Optics, 52(11), 2200-2217, doi: 10.1364/AO.52.002200.

20) Baldridge, A. M., M. D. Lane, and C. S. Edwards (2013), Searching at the right time of day:

Evidence for aqueous minerals in Columbus crater with TES and THEMIS data, J. Geophys.

Res., 118(2), 179-189, doi: 10.1029/2012JE004225.

19) Bandfield, J. L., C. S. Edwards, D. R. Montgomery, and B. D. Brand (2013), The dual nature of the martian crust: Young lavas and old clastic materials, Icarus, 222(1), 188-199, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2012.10.023.

Press Coverage: Red Planet Report, Mars’ Explosive Childhood; The Martian Chronicles, The two-faced crust of Mars

18) Cooper, F. J., B. A. Adams, C. S. Edwards, and K. V. Hodges (2012), Large normal-sense

displacement on the South Tibetan fault system in the eastern Himalaya, Geology, doi:


17) Nowicki, K. J., C. S. Edwards, P. R. Christensen, (2013) Post-Projection Removal of Row- and Column-Correlated Noise in Line-Scanning Data: Application to THEMIS infrared Data, IEEE-Whispers Transactions. (pre-print)

16) Nowicki, K. J., C. S. Edwards, P. R. Christensen, (2013) Removal of Salt-and-Pepper Noise in THEMIS Infrared Radiance and Emissivity Spectral Data of the Martian Surface, IEEEWhispers Transactions. (pre-print)

15) Huang, J., C. S. Edwards, B. H. N. Horgan, P. R. Christensen, M. D. Kraft, and L. Xiao (2012), Identification and mapping of dikes with relatively primitive compositions in Thaumasia Planum on Mars: Implications for Tharsis volcanism and the opening of Valles Marineris, Geophys Res Lett, 39(17), L17201, doi: 10.1029/2012GL052523.

14) Edwards, C. S., K. J. Nowicki, P. R. Christensen, J. Hill, N. Gorelick, and K. Murray (2011), Mosaicking of global planetary image datasets: 1. Techniques and data processing for Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) multi-spectral data, J. Geophys. Res., 116(E10), E10008, doi:10.1029/2010JE003755.

13) Edwards, C. S., P. R. Christensen, and J. Hill (2011), Mosaicking of global planetary image datasets: 2. Modeling of wind streak thicknesses observed in Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) daytime and nighttime infrared data, J. Geophys. Res., 116, E10005, doi:10.1029/2011JE003857.

12) Bandfield, J. L., A. D. Rogers, and C. S. Edwards (2011), The Role of Aqueous Alteration in the Formation of Martian Soils, Icarus, 211(1), 157-171, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2010.08.028.

11) Edwards, C. S., J. L. Bandfield, P. R. Christensen, and R. L. Fergason (2009), Global distribution of bedrock exposures on Mars using THEMIS high-resolution thermal inertia, J.

Geophys. Res., 114(E11001), doi:10.1029/2009JE003363.

-3Edwards, C. S., P. R. Christensen, and V. E. Hamilton (2008), Evidence for extensive olivinerich basalt bedrock outcrops in Ganges and Eos chasmas, Mars, J. Geophys. Res, 113(E11003), doi:10.1029/2008JE003091.

9) Piqueux, S., C. S. Edwards, and P. R. Christensen (2008), Distribution of the ices exposed near the south pole of Mars using Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) temperature measurements, J. Geophys. Res, 113(E8), doi: 10.1029/2007JE003055.

8) Bandfield, J. L., and C. S. Edwards (2008), Derivation of martian surface slope characteristics from directional thermal infrared radiometry, Icarus, 193(1), 139-157, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2007.08.028.

Manuscripts In Preparation

7) Edwards, C.S., Hamilton, V. E., Piqueux, S., Vasavada, A., Bridges, N., The Thermophysical Characteristics of Namib Dune in Gale Crater, Mars: Ground Truthing Orbital Thermal Inertia

6) Edwards, C.S., P. D. Asimow, S. T. Stewart, B. L. Ehlmann, Magmatic Volatiles on Early Mars Released by Impact-Related Volcanism

5) Glotch, T.D., and C. S. Edwards, Thermal Infrared Spectral Properties of Phobos: Evidence for Water and Carbonates.

4) Bohon, W., A. T. Tripathy, C. S. Edwards, B. A. Adams, F. J. Cooper, J. R. Arrowsmith, K. V.

Hodges, Using ASTER Remote Sensing to Map Remote Terrestrial Areas: A Case Study from Ladakh India, Journal of Geophysical Research

3) Tripathy, A. T., C. S. Edwards, K. V. Hodges, J-A Wartho, F. J. Cooper, Lithologic mapping of complexly deformed sedimentary strata using ASTER data and the evolution of Indus Basin depocenters, Ladakh, NW India, Journal of Geophysical Research

2) Salvatore, M. R., C. S. Edwards, J. L. Bandfield, E. Amador, B. L. Ehlmann, J. F. Mustard, T. A.

Goudge, P. R. Christensen, Composition and Physical Properties of the Nili Fossae and NE Syrtis Region of Mars Derived Through Thermal Infrared Spectral Analyses, Icarus

1) Fergason, R. L., P. R. Christensen, C. S. Edwards, J. Hill, Assessment of Surface Properties and Geologic processes: Global THEMIS Thermal Inertia Mosaic of Mars, Journal of Geophysical Research


Selected Grants 2016- Co-I, NASA/Lunar Data Analysis Program (LDAP), Investigation of the Effect of Surface Roughness on Lunar Infrared Spectra, PI: J. Bandfield, FTEs: 0.2 2016- PI, NASA/Mars Science Laboratory Participating Scientist (MSLPSP), Linking Microscale Properties to Regional Geologic Context: Understanding Past and Future Terrains from Imaging and Thermal Infrared Observations, FTEs: 0.25 2016- Co-I, NASA/Planetary Data Archiving, Restoration, and Tools (PDART), Improving Thermal Model Capability for the Planetary Science Community. PI: S.

Piqueux, FTEs: 0.15 2015- Co-I, NASA/Solar System Workings (SSW), Low Temperature Calorimetry for Improved Martian Thermal Modeling: Application to Sedimentary Materials, PI: S.

Piqueux, FTEs: 0.0/0.0/0.2

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Proposals In Submission Pending Co-I, NASA/Advancing Collaborative Connection for Earth System Science (ACCESS), J-Earth: Integrating Spatial Data Discovery, Analysis and GIS for Earth Science Applications. FTEs: 0.2 Past Funded Grants 2012-2014 Co-I, JPL/Caltech/President and Director’s Fund, Surface-Based Hyperspectral Imaging for Advanced Planetary and Terrestrial Applications. Co-PIs: Bethany L.

Ehlmann/Diana Blaney, FTEs: 0.5 2011-2015 Collaborator, NASA/Mars Data Analysis Program (MDAP), Martian sediment production: An investigation into the relative roles of chemical and mechanical weathering. PI: Victoria E. Hamilton.

2012-2013 PI, Planetary Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, California Institute of Technology, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences. FTEs: 0.75 2010-2013 Collaborator, NASA/Mars Data Analysis Program (MDAP), Integrated Analyses of Martian Surface Compositions Using Near-Infrared through Thermal Infrared Spectroscopic Data. PI: Joshua L. Bandfield.

2012-2013 Co-I, JPL/Mars Critical Data Products for Future Landing Site Characterization, Land-On Science at the Nili Fossae Carbonate Plains: Aqueous Alteration of Ultramafic Rocks and Clay-Carbonate Stratigraphy. PI: Bethany L.

Ehlmann. FTEs: 0.25 2008-2011 Collaborator, NASA/Planetary Geology and Geophysics (PG&G), Laboratory Vibrational Spectroscopy for the Analysis of Planetary Surfaces. PI: Philip R.

Christensen. Role: Graduate Student 2008-2011 Collaborator, NASA/Mars Instrument Development Program (MIDP), Development of a Microscopic Analysis Thermal Emission Spectrometer (MicroTES) for Planetary Landed Missions. PI: Philip R. Christensen. Role: Graduate Student


2015 Outstanding Reviewer, Icarus 2012 Outstanding Graduate Mentor, Inaugural Recipient, Graduate College, Graduate and Professional Student Association, Arizona State University 2012 Outstanding Geology Graduate Student, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University 2011 Scholarship Recipient, NASA/NAI/UIMP Summer School 2010 Scholarship Recipient, NASA/PG&G Planetary Volcanology Field Workshop


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